Ryder Cup: Harrington, Olazabal and Jimenez selected

Padraig Harrington with the Ryder Cup trophy
Padraig Harrington has made six appearances at the Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup, Gleneagles
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European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has chosen Padraig Harrington, Jose Maria Olazabal and Miguel Angel Jimenez as his remaining vice-captains.

The trio join Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as McGinley's support staff for the contest against the USA at Gleneagles on 26-28 September.

"They will all bring valuable insight and experience," McGinley, 47, said.

On Wednesday McGinley selected Stephen Gallacher, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood as his wildcard players for the match.

Europe's Ryder Cup team
Qualified automatically via European points list: Rory McIlroy (NI), Henrik Stenson (Swe), Victor Dubuisson (Fra), Jamie Donaldson (Wal)
Qualified automatically via World points list: Sergio Garcia (Spa), Justin Rose (Eng), Martin Kaymer (Ger), Thomas Bjorn (Den), Graeme McDowell (NI)
Wildcard picks: Stephen Gallacher (Sco), Ian Poulter (Eng), Lee Westwood (Eng)
Vice-captains: Sam Torrance (Sco), Des Smyth (Ire), Padraig Harrington (Ire), Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa), Jose Maria Olazabal (Spa)

Torrance, who skippered the European team to victory at The Belfry in 2002, was announced with Smyth as the first two vice-captains in March.

Harrington, Olazabal and Jimenez have played in 17 Ryder Cups between them.

Olazabal made seven appearances between 1987 and 2006, followed by Harrington with six between 1999 and 2010 and Jimenez with four in the same period.

Having been a vice-captain in 2008 and 2010, Olazabal captained Europe in their record comeback victory 14½-13½ at Medinah two years ago.

Jimenez was vice-captain to Seve Ballesteros in 1997 and Olazabal himself in 2012. For Harrington, it will be a first vice-captaincy role.

"Padraig is my oldest friend on Tour and is a guy I have known most of my life," McGinley said.

"We went to school together, came through the amateur ranks together and have been together in many contests for both Ireland and Europe over the years, so I know what he can bring to the team room.

"As far as Miguel is concerned, he is someone that the spectators love as well as being very popular with all the players.

"However he is also a person that I respect very much."

McGinley added that Jimenez's appointment maintains the continuity he was looking for when he named him captain of the European team for the inaugural EurAsia Cup match in March.

"Finally, Jose Maria's passion for the Ryder Cup is recognised the world over," McGinley continued. "It was obvious in his legendary partnership with Seve and was also very apparent two years ago at Medinah."

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